Imparting war-fighting skills to Syrian insurgents might backfire. Training and supporting insurgents against one’s adversaries has been a cost effective strategy since the late 20th century, when states co-opted their adversaries’ enemies as proxy forces, avoiding the monetary cost of deploying their own soldiers and the political cost of casualties. The recent announcement that... Continue Reading
Nah Lian Tuang
Nah Liang Tuang is an Associate Research Fellow with the Military Studies Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of international Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Economics from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London; obtained a PGDE from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University; and earned an MSc in International Relations from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU. Prior to joining RSIS, Liang Tuang was a general education officer with Singapore’s Ministry of Education, where he taught Economics and China Studies (Geopolitics and National Development Strategy) at the Junior College level. Additionally, he has worked for the Housing and Development Board as a quarantine housing manager and Non-Traditional Security emergency planner. Liang Tuang’s research interests include the politics of nuclear armament and disarmament, North Korean politics, and Non-Traditional Security.